The Etosha National Park, founded in 1907, is Namibia’s most well known National Park and one of the Top 5 Game viewing hotspots in Africa.
Etosha, categorized by IUCN in category II, is dominated by the salt-clay pan “Etosha”, meaning “great white place”, taking about 4700 sqkm sof the National Park’s total of more than 22,000 sqkms. Etosha is home to the Big 4, namely Rhino, Elephant, Leopard and Lion. It houses thousands of savannah animals. Etosha is a self-driving haven, and there is even no need for a 4×4.
Further information can be found on the official site of the MET at www.met.gov.na.
To Do and See
- Game viewing, e.g. 114 species of mammals, and 110 reptiles
- Bird watching, 340 kinds
How to get here
From North-East: Simply enter through the B1 tarroad at King Nehale Gate.
From East: From the B1 tarroad simply turn onto the tarroad leading to Namutoni and follow for 33 kms until you reach the Von Lindequiest Gate.
From South: The C38 tarroard brings you from Outjo directly to the Andersson Gate, the southern entrance to Etosha, not far away from Camp Okaukuejo.
From West: The Galton Gate (also called Otjovasondu Gate) is the newest entrance gate to Etosha and lies on the western most side of the National Park. It can be easily accessed through the C35 tar-road at Otjovasondu.
Etosha National Park is home to six camps, all run by Government-owned Namibia Wildlife Resorts. Camp Dolomite in the west is one of the smallest camps, offering luxurious bungalows on top of a hill. Olifantsrus, also in the western par, is a camping-only facility. Okaukuejo, Halali and Namutoni are the oldest and by far largest camps in the National Park and are well-known for their flood-lit waterholes. Camp Onkoshi in the East is a small, intimate camp and offers the most luxurious option to stay in Etosha.
Outside of Etosha one can find as many as many as 40 Lodges and Guest Farms, especially at Andersson Gate in the South. Examples are
- City Lodge Boutique Hotel (King Nehale Gate)
- Emanya @ Etosha (Lindequist Gate)
- Epacha Game Lodge & Spa (Andersson Gate)
- Etosha Safari Lodge (Andersson Gate)
- Etosha Village (Andersson Gate)
- Hobatare Lodge (Galton Gate)
- Okutala Etosha Lodge (Andersson Gate)
- Ongava Lodge (Andersson Gate)
- Toshari Lodge (Andersson Gate)